Popular consensus dictates that the earlier months of the year don’t usually make for ideal travelling time, with cool weather and stretched budgets following the Christmas period.
However, if you are willing to take a chance, last minute travel deals in January or February could turn into the best holiday you have ever had. The lack of crowds, low airfare and cheap accommodation will more than make up for the sub-zero temperatures. Alternatively, you can always opt for a destination with milder climate at this time of year. Here is a look at some of the best places for city breaks in January or February:
1.Venice, Italy – January is the time when you can experience Venice in all its glory. A spooky mist hovers over the canals, the chapels are covered in snow and the otherwise clogged roads are deserted. Take a romantic walk with your loved one or visit the Piazza San Marco with your family and get a chance to explore these places on your own terms. Soon enough, you will realize that Venice is a different city altogether when it isn’t flooded with tourists.
2.Nice, France – If you want to step away from the chilling cold, take a brief holiday to Nice. Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean, Nice has mild temperatures in the beginning of the year along with low humidity. The city has lots to offer, right from mesmerizing views on the Promenade de Anglais to a buzzing night life in and around the sophisticated Old Town.
3.Amsterdam, Netherlands – There is something magical about the beautiful landscapes of Amsterdam covered in glowing snow. When you have had your share of natural beauty, visit the art galleries and museums to see works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer. Finally, warm yourself with a glass of warm chocolate in one of the quintessential ‘brown cafés’ in the city.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina – For those of you who want a real change of temperature, fly away to Buenos Aires to experience warm weather throughout the day. Buenos Aires is an interesting blend of Latin American and European influences in terms of architecture, cuisines and culture. Explore the many roadside cafes and shops and don’t forget to visit the vibrant La Boca district and the city’s picturesque hub, Plaza de Mayo.